Council investment to promote tourism in Kindersley

Staff recommend advertising the town in the Southern Saskatchewan Tourism magazine

Council investment to promote tourism in KindersleyKenneth Brown of The Clarion The town’s elected officials have decided to make an investment in the local tourism sector after hearing a presentation at a meeting on Monday night. Chelsea Omness, the recreation manager for Kindersley, and Anna Polsfut, a communications clerk for the town, teamed up to make a presentation to council on…

Canadian tourism industry booming

Tourism in the first six months of this year directly accounted for more than $18 billion of Canada's GDP

Canadian tourism industry boomingCanada's tourism industry is booming and the federal government says it’s having its best year ever. Tourism activities in the first six months of this year directly accounted for more than $18 billion of Canada's gross domestic product, an increase of more than six per cent over the first half of 2017, said the federal…

WestJet launching non-stop Calgary service to London, Paris and Dublin

‘Alberta's connectivity to the rest of the world is vital for our economy,’ says company president Ed Sims

WestJet launching non-stop Calgary service to London, Paris and DublinWestJet announced on Wednesday that it’s launching non-stop service on board its Dreamliners fleet to London, Paris and Dublin. The company said in launching its first three Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner international destinations from Calgary, WestJet becomes the first Canadian airline to base its Dreamliner aircraft out of YYC Calgary International Airport. “Alberta's connectivity to the rest…

Tourism a growing driver of the Canadian economy

Tourism spending across the country hit $43.8 billion in the first half of 2018, up 5.7% from a year ago

Tourism a growing driver of the Canadian economyJust how important is the tourism industry to the overall Canadian economy? According to Statistics Canada, tourism spending in the country was $43.8 billion in the first half of 2018, up 5.7 per cent from a year ago. The federal agency reports that domestic revenues rose by 6.4 per cent to close to $34.5 billion…

Canmore Alberta’s first four-star hotel opening in November

But it is currently taking bookings for events and small group accommodation

Canmore Alberta’s first four-star hotel opening in NovemberAn Alberta-based hotel and resort developer is getting ready to open its latest offering, signalling it continuing confidence in the province’s hospitality industry. Clique Hotels and Resorts will open Canmore’s first four-star luxury hotel, the Malcolm Hotel at Spring Creek. It plans to officially open in November but is currently taking bookings for events and…

More Americans coming to Canada to visit

But Canadians made fewer trips to the U.S. in June, the third consecutive month of decline: StatsCan

More Americans coming to Canada to visitU.S. residents continue to love Canada when it comes to tourist visits. In June, Americans made 2.1 million trips to this country, up 3.5 per cent from May and the second highest monthly total this year after March, according to Statistics Canada. “U.S. residents made 378,000 overnight trips to Canada by plane in June, up…

Swoop announces service to American destinations

Schedule includes flights out of Edmonton and should create 90 jobs in the region, according to the company

Swoop announces service to American destinationsThis fall, travellers can fly south for as low as $99 one way. WestJet’s ultra-low-cost carrier Swoop announced its entrance into the American market on Thursday with the release of its 2018-2019 winter schedule. The schedule includes flights from Edmonton to Las Vegas and Mesa; Hamilton to Las Vegas, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando and Tampa Bay;…

Civil aviation revenue totals $1.8 billion in May

More than 6.6 million passengers flew domestically and internationally on Canadian carriers. Traffic was up 8% from last year

Civil aviation revenue totals $1.8 billion in MayAirline passenger travel continues to soar year over year in Canada, generating $1.8 billion in total operating revenue in May, according to a monthly aviation survey released by Statistics Canada on Tuesday. Passenger travel at the Calgary International Airport is consistent with national trends. In May, more than 6.6 million passengers flew domestically and internationally…

International visitors drive B.C. tourism growth

Cruising along: Airport volumes are up, cruise ship traffic strong, hotel revenues on the rise, and food and drink sales growing

International visitors drive B.C. tourism growthBy Jock Finlayson and Kristine St.-Laurent Business Council of B.C. It turns out that 2017 marked a 14-year high for annual international tourism to B.C. Some 7.9 million international travellers entered the province last year, an increase of 3.5 per cent over 2016. And the data for the first quarter of 2018 look even better, setting the…

When strangers meet and civility reigns

Generosity of spirit and genuine kindness – it seems so simple but it also seems so essential to peace around the world

When strangers meet and civility reignsBarbara Bush once said, “Never lose sight of the fact that the most important yardstick of your success will be how you treat other people – your family, friends and coworkers, and even strangers you meet along the way.” I’d love to share a story about how this played out for my husband and I…

Indigenous tourism is relatively untouched but the potential is vast

First Nations should take an inventory of their cultural, spiritual and ecological assets, then develop ways to present them to tourists

Indigenous tourism is relatively untouched but the potential is vastMany years ago, I learned an important lesson about tourism while travelling on Via Rail. As a first-class passenger, I enjoyed sitting in the dome car, where I could get a full view of the countryside. At one point, I zoned out and someone was trying to get my attention. Pointing outside, he gestured at…

Forest fires torching a province’s economy

The long-term economic impact of the fires ravaging the British Columbia interior - including on the logging and tourism industries - will be devastating

Forest fires torching a province’s economyThe long-term economic impact of fires burning in British Columbia’s interior will be devastating. The blessing of a warm, sunny summer has turned into a curse as forest fires rage throughout much of the interior British Columbia. Weather forecasters predict ongoing warm, windy weather, so no immediate respite is expected for those trying to contain…